Iva’s Thoughts

About Iva

Iva’s thoughts about life

During her early adulthood, Iva desired to create positive changes in her life and the world around her. Iva said that she was wandering around in life trying to find herself and running from herself. She took several trips abroad, which enabled her to speak to different people having different conversations and broaden her worldview. It also, forced her to get over her fear of people only seeing her deformity. For the longest time Iva would do things to shrink herself or hide – exaggerated bangs, large sunglasses, holding her head down, being overly aggressive and all of the other tricks she could think of to hide from the world. But she could not do that while traveling, as many of her tricks were considered rude in other cultures. Without her shields of protection, she was forced to walk tall and take it all in.

With the power of a positive mindset and self-love, Iva was able to form the life she wanted, and the joy she needed.  She realized the key to making herself feel confident, was having her outward image reflect her inward image. She began to say daily affirmations. Iva took an oath to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best, to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as she is about her own, to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future, and to wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give everyone she meets a smile. She vowed to give so much time to the improvement of herself that she has no time to criticize others.

 Iva is committed to being too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. These commitments helped birth RealSophiticatedJoy. By sharing her story, Iva is seeking to equip teens and young adults with necessary life skills to make positive changes and impact on their lives and communities. This mission is accomplished by providing unique motivational topics and coaching that challenge and supports them through their journey. Iva has spoken to numerous civic groups, church organizations, and community women empowerment events. 

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